THE mindful placemaking of Gamuda Land is booming through the streets of Klang Valley North as the brand stretches its recognisable craftsmanship with its newly launched Gamuda Square.
This commercial offering is the first for sale in its Gamuda Gardens vibrant township.
Gardens Square’s architectural design is inspired by successful European squares featuring red brick facade, steel and glass – merging to form Gardens Square’s unique identity.
The unmistakable curve of beautifully landscaped boulevards and alleys form intimate spaces in the main plazas, borrowing elements from European architecture.
Besides stunning architecture, Gardens Square is also crafted in balance with nature and the community.
Its pedestrian-friendly boulevards and al fresco spaces complement the township’s residential and lifestyle components – positioning Gamuda Gardens as an emerging hotspot in the development corridor.
Its bustling growth is further driven by a thoughtfully-designed masterplan, with the park place, work place, shopping and eating place designed to be within easy reach for residents and visitors.
This is also extended to the vibrant array of placemaking initiatives under the Xploria banner, catalysing footfall and creating value for its residents and surrounding communities.
Gamuda Gardens and Kundang Estates assistant general manager Wong Siew Lee opines that Klang Valley North’s growing demographics – with an average household income of RM12,000 in the vicinity of Gamuda Gardens – represent a key opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs.
“Gardens Square is ideally positioned to cater for this rising demand, as the only commercial offering of its kind in the vicinity.
“Its focus on essentials, food and beverages (F&B) and children’s products operators caters for retail drivers post-lockdown – all while addressing larger climate change concerns with a suite of sustainable features.”
Commercial vibrancy close at hand
“With a projected population of 340,000 within a 15-minute drive by 2023, Gamuda Gardens is set to be the pulse of Klang Valley North,” adds Wong.
“This was recently seen in our handover of Village Homes, with 482 proud homeowners receiving the keys to their residences in Lavena, Nara, Aida and Agalia, as well as 100% uptake for our Illaria hillside homes.
“Catering to our burgeoning community as well as those around us, we are launching Gardens Square to complement our residential offerings with a commercial hub.
“Our focus is to optimise resident and visitor experience and engagement, instead of solely maximising use of land,” she adds.
Comprising 133 double- and triple-storey shop and office lots, the 2.71ha commercial hub emphasises open spaces in line with post-pandemic retail trends.
These are brought together by car-free pathways dubbed The Street and The Alley, along with The Plaza facing Gamuda Gardens’ 20ha pet-friendly Central Park, as a platform for events and activities.
Planned anchor tenants for the hub include a 20,000sq ft (1,858sqm) outlet from an established grocer brand, as well as a double-storey drive-through dining franchise, giving homeowners and visitors the convenience of essentials and dining venues close at hand.
Besides Gamuda Gardens’ suite of sustainable features that address climate change concerns, Gardens Square also features sustainable design elements. This includes photovoltaic (PV) panels providing renewable energy for the development, as well as electric vehicle chargers in basement parking zones to encourage greener modes of transport.
This is amplified by thoughtful placemaking which includes car-free lanes for walkability and bikeability, reducing urban transport emissions as well as integrated greenery and landscaping providing shelter from sun and rain, while cooling ambient temperatures.
Gardens Square’s design uses wind flow and solar radiation analysis to deliver a comfortable experience for visitors, with the universal thermal climate index (UTCI) as a benchmark.
These initiatives align with benchmarks under Pillar 1 of the Gamuda Green Plan 2025: Sustainable Planning and Design for Construction.
Launched on World Environment Day on June 5, 2021, the Gamuda Green Plan 2025 is a comprehensive framework that charts tangible targets for Gamuda Group, driven on environmental, social and governance (ESG) dimensions over the next five years and beyond.
This focus on sustainability is set to attract younger demographics, with whom socially responsible practices and values resonate, bringing associated benefits for retailers.
Getting the places right to make the town work
Gamuda Gardens is a stunning 328ha township in Klang Valley’s bustling northern development corridor, conveniently accessible by major routes including the North-South, Latar and Guthrie Corridor Expressways.
Driving the growth of the township, Gamuda Gardens’ masterplan includes its lush Central Park with five cascading lakes and two waterfalls, along with a Waterfront Village offering retail and lifestyle elements.
These are supported by diverse placemaking amenities under Xploria, including the Big Bucket Splash water play park, Paws Playground for agility training and fun for pets, the Gamuda Parks Nature School for young minds to learn about the outdoors, a horse-riding trail and facility by 3Q Equestrian, and much more.
Gamuda Gardens and its surrounding community will also enjoy upcoming attractions such as the much-anticipated Skyline Luge, which allows participants to control their descent from the top of its 40m elevated hill site, through the twists and turns of a 600m purpose-built track.
Set to open in 2023, this exciting instalment is expected to attract some 1.1 million luge rides annually.
This placemaking is brought together by an infrastructure network emphasising sustainable mobility to reduce carbon footprints and build healthy communities.
That said, the township includes a 68km interconnected walking and cycling walkways, placing everything within reach for residents and visitors.
This mindful masterplanning is in line with Gamuda Land’s core development principle: “When we get the places right, the town works.”
For more information, visit gamudaland.com.my